CAREERS IN….Biological & Medical Sciences

Biological & Medical Sciences The links below are relevant to Biological & Medical Sciences and will list careers information, employers in your field and job/work experience opportunities.

You may want to look at other areas closely aligned to your subject area. Also bear in mind that there are a range of careers open to you which may not directly relate to the subject you have studied. Take a look at Things you can do with your degree to discover more careers options.

To access a comprehensive listing of occupations visit Prospects Explore Types of Jobs

Prospects – Graduate Careers Website

Job Profiles – Search A-Z of job profiles or view job categories which includes Healthcare and Scientific Services.
Options with your subject – Explore options with your degree and related subjects.
Job Vacancies – Search for graduate jobs/placements by type of work and region.

All About Careers 'What can I do with my Bio Sciences Degree? – Includes Bio science related occupations and career test.

British Pharmacology Society Careers – Information on ‘Careers in Pharmacology’ and ‘Next Steps: options after a bioscience degree’.

BMA Becoming a Doctor – An essential guide to medicine which includes entry requirements to medical schools.

Cancer Research UK – developing a career in research – For information on getting research experience or starting your research career with Cancer Research UK.

Health & Care Professions Council – Register of approved programmes – Search list of HCPC approved professional training courses by profession and location.

Health Careers – Physician associate – There has been an expansion in the number of training places available to train as a Physician Associate within the NHS. It’s an interesting opportunity for anyone wanting to pursue a career in the medical field. A science degree or background as a healthcare professional is required for entry.

Institute of Biomedical Science – Careers – Explore careers and job opportunities in biomedical science. View Institute of Biomedical Science/accredited courses and also download the Guide to IBMS accredited postgraduate degree programmes in biomedical science. This lists postgraduate masters programmes which are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and suitable for individuals wishing to become Chartered Scientists

Medical Careers – for anyone thinking of a medical career.

Med Comms Networking – Find out about a career in medical communications in the UK.

Medical Research Council supports research in medical sciences. Also view Medical Research Council – overview of research careers

Next Steps: Options after a bioscience degree – A careers guide aimed at undergraduates and recent graduates from bioscience degrees available on the Society of Biology website.

NHS WalesNHS Wales, the largest employer in Wales, employs a wide range of professionals. Doctors and nurses are the largest groups employed, but a wide range of therapists, scientists and support workers also work with patients.

NHS Careers – Explore the A-Z of Careers within the NHS.

NHS Careers Healthcare Science – Includes information on healthcare science related careers within the NHS, entry requirements, progression routes and training.

NHS – Careers in Life Sciences – Find out about careers in Pathology, Genetics and Embryology.

Royal Society of Biology – Next Steps booklet.pdf – A comprehensive overview of your career options and job seeking strategies.

Royal Society of Biology – Spotlight on Life Sciences – A Guide to Biology Careers.pdf
A guide to biology related careers spanning the full range of specialisms including: Microbiology, Neuroscience, Clinical Trials, Immunology, Synthetic Biology and much more.

Royal Society of Biology – Careers/make-a-difference/sport – Sport and exercise help us to keep our bodies fit and healthy and can be used to help patients recover from illness and injury. Biologists play an important role in identifying and developing the best ways for doing this.

Royal Society of Biology – Careers/make-a-difference/medicine – There a host of careers in healthcare where you will be playing a crucial role in the diagnosis, prevention and cure of disease and illness, helping people across the world. A career in medicine doesn’t just mean ‘become a doctor’. Follow a career in biology and you can make a difference. You could play a key part in diagnosing, treating and curing diseases.

Society for General Microbiology Careers – Explore Microbiology careers and job profiles.

Society of Biology Education & Careers – Explore jobs, work experience and placement opportunities.

Science Career Pathways – Developed by Cogent (Skills for Science Based Industries) in partnership with employers to introduce students to the huge range of job and career opportunities available in the science-based industries. Includes careers advice and information, recruitment, placement and other opportunities.

Science & Technology Facilities Council – student internships – One of Europe’s largest research organisations specialising in science, engineering, computing and technology. STFC offer a variety of opportunities for undergraduates including: sandwich placements and paid vacation schemes. Whilst working at STFC you will gain on the job work experience, working on real projects alongside expert scientists and engineers.

The British Toxicology Society – Careers – Explore careers in different fields of toxicology.

Welsh Neurological Alliance – A focused and purposeful forum of not-for-profit organisations and groups representing many thousands of people affected by neurological conditions in Wales. The organisations involved in the forum might prove useful to contact when searching for work experience in this area.

Working for the Medical Research Council – Find out about vacancies, types of work available and a career in medical research.

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Alere Inc. – A major global developer, manufacturer and marketer of advanced medical diagnostic products.

Cancer Research UK – graduates and interns – Find out about the range of opportunities available with Cancer Research UK.

Cancer Research UK graduate schemes – Every year Cancer Research UK offer final year students and graduates a unique opportunity to join their graduate trainee scheme. The Scientific Strategy & Funding Stream graduate schemes specifically targets natural, physical and life sciences. The graduate scheme is ranked No. 3 on the Guardian 300 and ranked at number 46 in the Times Top 100 graduate employer league table.

Cancer Research Wales and Cancer Research UK – Find out about work opportunities and jobs with this scientific research charity. – Search for Biomedical Science vacancies.

CK Group – CK Science job search – Specialists in recruitment for the science-based industries.

COGENT Life Sciences Placements Service – Cogent’s Life Science Placements Service is an employer-led programme which has been developed to increase the number of student and graduate placements currently being offered by industry.

Cranleigh Scientific – Scientific and sustainability recruitment site. – A leading recruitment site for the pharmaceutical, biotechnical and medical sectors.

European Molecular Biology Laboratory and – Search for jobs and the EMBL PhD programme.

Green Jobs – GreenJobs lets you find Environmental Jobs and Renewable Energy Jobs from top employers and recruitment agencies. Including Biology Jobs and Science Jobs.

Hays Life Sciences – Hays Life Sciences’ Pharmacovigilance (PV) team provides job seekers with a range of drug safety jobs.

HCLHealthcare – Recruitment specialising in Biomedical Science jobs in hospitals, clinics and primary care settings across the UK. Includes Biomedical and medical lab assistant posts.

Health Jobs UK – The UK’s largest independent health job board.

HuntingdonCareers – Huntingdon Life Sciences is an international contract research organisation offering a comprehensive range of non-clinical development services. Search for jobs by scientific area. – Science, research and academic related vacancies in the UK and abroad.

Jobs in Science – A specialist recruitment site for science in the UK.

IAESTE – Placements abroad are available in Biology, Biosciences, Plant Science, Pharmaceutical Science, Forensics and Chemistry. Go to ‘For Students’ – Outgoing UK Trainees.

Lab Support UK – Scientific recruitment specialist.

MATCHTECH – A specialist recruitment agency which includes graduate and entry level science jobs.

New Scientist Jobs – Browse science jobs by category.

PHORCaST – Provides an overview of the opportunities found within public health (not just within the NHS).
Prospects placement search – Tick your work experience box and search for opportunities by job type and location. : Science & Research placement guide – provides advice on placement opportunities within science & research.

Reed Scientific – Scientific recruitment specialist with offices across the UK (including Cardiff), Reed Scientific is particularly strong in pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals (organic and analytical chemists), biotech, clinical data management, food and utilities. View the 'About Us’ guide here

Royal Society of Biology Jobs – Comprehensive listing of biology related jobs. Search by location, area of biology and job function.

SCI – Recruitment for Scientists – A recruitment consultancy specialising in science job opportunities.

STEM Graduates – Specialised careers site for students studying Science, IT, Engineering and Maths subjects. Includes jobs with an immediate start and graduate schemes.

STEM Women – Promoting Opportunities, Employers and Events to Female Students (and Graduates) studying STEM subjects.

Student ladder summer internships – Search for science related summer internships. – Search for graduate and placement schemes and jobs in science and research.

The Infectious Disease Research Network – Search for student research placements with the IDRN.

The John Innes Centre undergraduate opportunities – The John Innes Centre provides unique opportunities to undergraduate students who are thinking of pursuing a career in science.

TopCareer.Jobs – Search for jobs and work placements with the UK research councils: Biotechnology & Biological Sciences, Medical Research Council, Natural Environment Research Council, Pirbright Institute, and Science & Technology Council.

The Welcome Trust Sanger Institute – The Welcome Trust Sanger Institute offers sandwich and summer placements within scientific research.

Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarships – These awards provide promising undergraduates with hands-on experience of research during the summer vacation, with the aim of encouraging them to consider a career in research.

Wellcome Trust A charitable foundation dedicated to improvements in human and animal health. Offers graduate development programmes, work placements, internships, PhD studentships and jobs.

World Health Organisation Employment – View current vacancies and internship opportunities.

Your World Health Care – A specialist healthcare recruitment agency that prides themselves on finding students some of their first roles in healthcare.

NHS England and Wales

NHS Jobs – Search for jobs in the NHS.

NHS Wales CareersNHS Wales, is the largest employer in Wales, and offers a wide range of science related roles. Find out about career opportunities and NHS Wales Work Experience Opportunities.

NHS Wales Directory – Contact the NHS trusts in your area direct. Ask to speak to the human resources, voluntary services or education and training departments about volunteering.

Volunteering in the NHS – Find out about volunteering opportunities and how to apply.

NHS Work Experience – Apply for work experience with NHS Wales organisations.

NHS Scientific Training Programme – A graduate-entry programme leading to more senior scientist roles within the NHS. You will be employed by an NHS trust for the duration of your training. Scientist trainees will also be required to undertake a specifically commissioned master’s degree in their chosen area.

NHS Graduate Management Scheme England – Graduate scheme with the NHS.

NHS Graduate Management Scheme Wales – Graduate scheme with the NHS.

The National Health Service Blood & Transplant Service – Find out about careers and vacancies in the NHSBT.

Biotechnology sector in Wales

Alta Sciences – Based in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales and part of the Alta Sciences group. View 'Careers’ and 'Contact Us’ to find out about opportunities available.

BTG GroupBTG is an international specialist healthcare company developing and commercialising products targeting acute care, oncology and vascular diseases. Protherics UK Ltd, is part of the BTG International group company based in Wales.

Biomet – Manufacturer of hip and knee replacement products based in Bridgend.

BioMonde – A European wound care company specialising in the manufacture and distribution of larval debridement therapy. BioMonde have two manufacturing facilities; one is located with head office at Bridgend, South Wales and a second in Hamburg, Germany.

Biotec Services International – Based in Bridgend and provides clinical trial supply services to the Pharmaceutical Industry.

BBIBBI Solutions is a leading expert in immunoassay development and manufacturing services – based in Cardiff.

Life Sciences Hub Wales – Life Science Hub Wales based in Cardiff Bay, is the focal point for the sector in Wales – stimulating interaction, innovation, networking and collaboration

MediWales – The life science network for Wales.

Norgine – A leading independent European specialty pharmaceutical company specialising in Faecal incontinence Hepatology and Cirrhosis. Located in Hengoed, south Wales.

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics – Serves the transfusion medicine community and laboratories around the world. Ortho Clinical Diagnostics has a base in Pencoed, Bridgend.

PCI Services UKPCI is the leader in providing contract pharmaceutical packaging services.

Quotient Bioresearch is a leading CRO, providing Radiochemistry, Drug Metabolism and E-fate solutions and has a base in Cardiff.

Siemens Healthcare – One of the world’s largest suppliers of technology to the healthcare industry and a leader in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics and healthcare IT. Located throughout the UK including Wales

Simbec – Clinical contract research organisation based in Merthyr. – Biotech-pharmaceuticals – Find out about the Biotech & Pharmaceutical Sector in Wales

Science Recruitment Agencies

Approach some local specialist science recruitment agencies for short term opportunities in the UK. Often science related companies use recruitment agencies to handle their vacancies. Many short term opportunities will be technical or lab-based and agencies and companies will want to know what lab techniques and specialist equipment you have used.

Hays Scientific – Hays’ Scientific & Engineering team provides job seekers with a range of pharmaceutical scientific and engineering jobs.

Helix Recruitment – From entry level sales to senior management, Helix offers a choice for your next career move.

Reed Scientific – Find & apply online for the latest Scientific jobs with, the UK’s #1 job site.

Reed Scientific – Scientific recruitment specialist with offices across the UK (including Cardiff), Reed Scientific is Reed Scientific handles work for a wide variety of science related roles and positions including Microbiologist, Molecular Biologist and DNA Analyst roles.

Sigma Recruitment – Life Science Recruitment Agency – Sigma Recruitment recruits for life science and scientific positions across South Wales including Cardiff, Swansea and Bridgend for all positions up to senior management level providing recruitment support for the life science hub in Cardiff, the Medicentre at Heath Park Cardiff, scientific laboratories, pharmaceutical manufacturing companies, contract testing and quality assurance organisations.

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Environment Agency Careers – Search for job vacancies with the Environment Agency.

Euprotec – A specialty Contract Research Organisation (CRO) delivering a comprehensive range of R&D and infectious disease biology services.

Prospects: Find graduate employers – Search for graduate recruiters A-Z.

NHS Wales Directory – Search for NHS health boards and hospitals in Wales.

One Scientific – An independent food and water testing laboratory based in Bristol. Check out the Vacancies and Contact Us tabs to find out about opportunities.

Public Health Wales – Includes Reference Laboratories and Specialist Services listing. Water Companies directory – Find out about career and job opportunities with water companies. throughout the UK.

You Tube videos on NHS Careers

New Scientist Graduate Careers Special. This is a really useful online publication and includes advice on recruitment, key employers and opportunities. Students can read online for free at

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